Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been teased as the MCU's first horror flick, and as such, fans can look forward to plenty of scares and casualties. Marvel Studios remains tight-lipped as to who or what will be terrorizing Benedict Cumberbatch's magical Avenger this time around, but all signs are pointing towards Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch.
Having held hundreds of civilians hostage in her own sitcom reality in WandaVision, allowing her to live out her fantasy family life, Wanda Maximoff is sitting dangerously on the edge between hero and villain. With the popular Avenger last seen studying the Darkhold, a book of ancient spells she obtained from Agatha Harkness, many have theorized she will soon become corrupted by its power.
The trailers have shown Scarlet Witch positioned both alongside and against Doctor Strange's magical team, although the presence of multiple Variants makes things all the more confusing. One highly-discussed scene has shown, what looks to be, a blood-soaked Wanda on a rampage through the Illuminati headquarters, facing off against Variants of several fan favorites.
While many had speculated the footage was depicting the murderous massacre of a villainous Wanda, new evidence has indicated things may not be quite as they seem.
New Evidence May Debunk Scarlet Witch Massacre
The latest TV spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness featured Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, destroying an Ultron Sentry in the Illuminati HQ.
On closer inspection, the destroyed robotic head appears to have an oil-like fluid coming from it which looks to be splattered across Wanda's top.
Up until now, it had been speculated Scarlet Witch was mid-massacre in the Illuminati headquarters during this shot, as most assumed that to be blood across her white top.
Granted, that doesn't necessarily mean Wanda won't prove to be the cause of death for any heroes in the movie. There does still seem to be both blue and red liquids over her, only one of which likely comes from the Ultron Sentries.
Just How Evil will Scarlet Witch Go?
Assuming both the blue and red fluids covering Wanda do indeed come from the Ultron Sentries and aren't in fact blood, that would mark a major step back in her villainy. The stains had been speculated to be blood from fallen members of the Illuminati that Wanda had been seen fighting in various other shots, although that could still be the case.
The Wanda who looks to be tearing through the Illuminati headquarters is believed to be a Variant, and not the Scarlet Witch last seen in WandaVision. If these theories prove accurate, then the sky's the limit for just how evil Marvel Studios will take this villainous Wanda, since she will likely prove inconsequential to the future.
The MCU's Scarlet Witch will seemingly be corrupted by the Darkhold in this movie, which could explain some of her crazier actions. But if the blood-soaked Wanda is a Variant from another universe, then who knows what could be causing her villainy? Perhaps she will also be corrupted by the same evil influence.
Rumors have pointed to a high death toll coming out of Multiverse of Madness, while others have promised scary scenes involving Wanda. All of this looks to indicate Scarlet Witch and her endless power will be the cause of at least some of the pain and suffering in the movie, but fans will have to wait and see how violent and brutal she will be.
That brutality would also have to be somewhat limited due to the movie being rated PG-13, meaning that scenes like this can't use an obscene amount of blood in order to keep that rating. This rating almost confirms that not all of the liquid on Wanda's clothes is blood, although with the horror vibes coming throughout the plot, this film could certainly push those limits.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.